Varlamov (soreness) is not expected to play in either of the last two preseason games for the Islanders, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

Varlamov is dealing with soreness that seems to be lingering more than expected. Not only won't he play during the preseason, but he also isn't likely to play during the Islanders' first couple of games to open the campaign. As such, Ilya Sorokin will open as the starter with Cory Schneider backing him up.

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